Firstar Corp. said Tuesday that vice chairman John A. Becker will retire and that it has hired William L. Chenevich of Visa International and Mark C. Wheeler Jr. of Fleet Financial Group as vice chairmen.

Mr. Chenevich, who headed systems group and software development at Visa, is expected to join Firstar on Monday as director of information services. Mr. Wheeler, president of Fleet Bank covering New York and New Jersey and managing director of specialized finance, will join Firstar on May 3 as manager of wholesale banking.

Mr. Becker, who joined the former Firstar in 1967, is slated to retire later this year. Star Banc Corp. of Cincinnati acquired Firstar late last year and kept the Milwaukee company's name and headquarters.

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